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AHUV Makes the Honor Roll Once Again, Reducing Unnecessary Cesareans

Over the past two decades the State of California’s Health and Human Services Agency has seen an unsettling increase in cesarean (C-section) births in first time mothers. This is a dangerous trend as 9 in 10 mothers that have previously had a C-section will have another in subsequent births. While lifesaving under some circumstances, C-sections can pose serious risks to both mother and child, increasing rates of hemorrhage, transfusions, infection and blood clots. For babies C-section increase rates of infections, respiratory complications and neonatal intensive care stays. 

In response to the increase in unnecessary C-sections across the United States, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services implemented the Healthy People 2020 target of reducing C-section rates for low-risk, first-births to 23.9%. Since the start of the program, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has seen a decrease in unnecessary C-section rates in low risk pregnancies for first time moms. 

Evidence suggests that a woman’s chance of having a C-section depends largely on physician and clinical team that is helping the expectant mom deliver her baby. The results for the 2016 delivery rates are in and Adventist Health Ukiah Valley (AHUV) met the Healthy People 2020 target, with a C-section rate under 23.9%. “We are proud to have made the Smart Care C-Section Honor Roll once again. Our clinical team actively works to reduce unnecessary C-sections, placing the safety of the mother and child first.”- Heather Van Housen, CNO. AHUV attributes these numbers to their team culture and training. AHUV is 1 of 111 California hospitals to have a C-section rate less than23.9%, while other California hospitals have a C-section rate of over 60%. 

Growing families can learn more about AHUV’s Family Birthing Unit and their support classes, such as Tea for Two by visiting